Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)


Featured Article: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning



Featured Article: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning
Featured article: Filling the Gap: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning by J. “Spyke” Szeredy How can providing a new planning strategy exert influence, align objectives, and harmonize activities between the Joint and Interagency environments? A simplified strategy for the integration of planning across the joint (Department of… Read More

Featured Article: USAID: What You Don’t Know



Featured Article: USAID: What You Don’t Know
Featured article: USAID: What You Don’t Know by Vashaun Wrice The interagency (IA) relationship between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other government agencies is an important one. As such, the following article will examine a way of bridging the gap of IA coordination between such agencies,… Read More

Defining diplomacy



Defining diplomacy
He ordered another bottle … in honor of a career so comfortable that it is called The Career and a ministerial department so superior that it is called The Department. “Les Ambassades”, Roger Peyrefitte Most countries provide professional education for their diplomats and some operate establishments specifically for that purpose.… Read More

GAO audits Counterterrorism Bureau coordination



GAO audits Counterterrorism Bureau coordination

The Government Accountability Office has released a report examining the Bureau of Counterterrorism. GAO notes that they found that the Counterterrorism Bureau was generally consistent with key practices for interagency collaboration...

State, USAID launch second QDDR



State, USAID launch second QDDR

On April 22, the State Department announced the launch of its second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The QDDR focuses on human rights, democracy, and civilian security, and recognizes the importance of engaging diplomats and development experts...

InterAgency Journal 3-1 (Winter 2012)



InterAgency Journal 3-1 (Winter 2012)

Inside this issue:  The Need for Interagency Reform: Congressional Perspective and Efforts, by Geoffrey C. Davis and John F. Tierney; Implementing the QDDR, by Edward Marks and Christopher Lamb...and much more.

State Department announces reorganization changes



State Department announces reorganization changes

The Department of State recently established two new reorganization initiatives, the Bureau of Counterterrorism and the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights...

IAE 11-04W Preparing to Lead in 21st Century Diplomacy (Web-Exclusive)



IAE 11-04W Preparing to Lead in 21st Century Diplomacy (Web-Exclusive)

by Robert M. Beecroft

Ambassador Beecroft reviews the State Department's 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and a 2011 report by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Stimson Center, both reports stress the importance of professional education and training for the United States Foreign Service, and state that professional education and training are essential to the overall performance of the U.S. Foreign Service if it is to lead an increasingly multi-agency foreign policy apparatus...

IAP 4 (April 2011) Inception, Challenges, and Impact on S/CRS



IAP 4 (April 2011) Inception, Challenges, and Impact on S/CRS

by Major Jay Liddick and Dr. David A. Anderson

Like the post-9/11 Bush administration, the Obama administration must confront numerous security threats to U.S. national interests at home and abroad. The Obama administration, however, has the added challenge of a severe domestic economic recession. Amidst the economic quandary, President Obama and Congress must prudently go about the arduous task of determining how to best utilize U.S. resources to mitigate national security threats in a domestic environment demanding fiscal discipline.